In two weeks, COPMOBA will hold a celebration of our twenty-fifth anniversary as an organization. That’s twenty-five years of dedicated efforts and results in creating trails that are enjoyed by a breadth of riders and other users in western Colorado – trails that help define the nature of lifestyle in our region and provide spaces for recreation both personal and social.
I sometimes ponder the history of trails and trail development as I ride. The trail is there in front of me, and I enjoy experiencing it, but it took someone’s efforts to make it so. I appreciate those efforts, in part because I’m familiar with what it takes to create these threads of passion. But mostly I simply enjoy the moment and the terrain and the trail. Twenty-five years of working in a consistent direction is no small feat for an organization. We’ve seen our ups and downs, but remain consistently focused on our goal of “building, maintaining, and advocating for sustainable singletrack trail and developmental features on the Colorado Plateau.” It’s good to take a moment to consider the people, and the organization that we’ve created and sustained through the years, that conceive of and create these trails. So to all of you that have pitched in, sat in meetings, thought “wouldn’t it be cool to have a trail from ….”, hefted tools on work days, cooked a meal for the group, donated money to the cause, talked to friends about a trail project, walked and flagged [more...]